Last updated: August 08. 2014 12:53PM - 614 Views
By Rose Nolen Contributing Columnist

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I’m glad to hear that Sedalia is building a new animal shelter. When it gets to the point that there’s no room left to take animals in, it creates a problem for the entire city.

I know people who have had animals move into their neighborhoods and they are absolutely hysterical about what to do with them. People who have their own pets, can seldom afford to adopt new pets.

Some friends are feeding strange animals who have taken shelter under their porches. Otherwise, these animals would face starvation. It is really stressful to have too many animals in your neighborhood.

My own cat, Harry, was born at the animal shelter. Whenever anyone is seeking a new pet, we always refer them to the animal shelter. It is a major responsibility to take care of these animals. People who are responsible for keeping pets should be responsible for having them neutered.

Obviously, people who allow animals to reproduce at will are being unfair to their neighbors and to the city as a whole. Occasionally, people who live on farms are kind enough to take stray animals, but it certainly is not their responsibility.

I think that when people adopt pets at the animal shelters, for example, they should be charged with the responsibility of caring that the animals who are in their households are neutered. I think we need to carry on an information campaign advising people about the problems of pet overpopulation. This should be on the agendas of social and civic clubs throughout the community.

Animals that are allowed to run loose on the city streets are not creating a healthy environment. We should not need to expand the animal shelter periodically. We need to find a way to reduce animal populations, annually.

Having a city with well-planned animal care is important. Many pet owners are responsible to share food with the animal shelter. And we are very fortunate to have the facilities and staff to accommodate our animal population. But as citizens, we need to take responsibility for spreading the word on animal responsibility. We need to be about the business of encouraging our friends and neighbors to take care of their neighborhoods by not allowing unwanted animals to find rescue there.

Let’s welcome our new animal shelter as a needed friend.

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